March 24, 2009

Strawberry Blackpepper Sorbet



A sorbet has to be among one of the easiest frozen desserts to make. What can get better than putting all the ingredients in the blender, puréeing everything and sticking it in the freezer? A great dessert when the temperatures are rising slowly and the last place anyone would want to spend more time than necessary is the kitchen.

And it gets better when your dessert is not only bright and beautiful to look at, it is also low in calories. Well, the nutritional information accompanying the recipe says one serving is just 93 calories with 3% from fat. According to this source, the fat is from the strawberries! And these guys say strawberries can help promote weight loss.

Be that as it may, what prompted me in the direction of this sorbet was my same old strawberry story! I had strawberries that needed using up.

This particular recipe is from Cooking Light of June, 2005 and featured at My Recipes. I had earlier seen quite a few mentions of strawberries and black peppercorns being an interesting combination in desserts, and this sorbet seemed a good chance (and effortless way) to try it out.

I am not posting the recipe here, as I used the original one (just halved it to make 6 servings) with no changes.





Let me just say that if you like strawberries (there are plenty of people who don't, and I was one of them till recently) and you don't mind a slight tang to your sorbet, then this one is definitely for you. As for the peppercorns, you can't really taste them except as a very slight after-taste at the end of every spoonful. It maybe a flavour that needs some getting used to, and personally I liked it.

This is my entry to Sunita's Think Spice, Think..... being hosted this month by Divya of Dil Se… where Pepper is centre stage.


28 comments:

Happy cook said...

I love strawberries with peper.
And love sorbet too. This one looks so beautiful and love the colour too.
I am sure going to make this when it is full summer here.
Love the picture.

Arundathi said...

thats an unusual combination but i can see how it would work really well! looks gorgeous - the color just leaps out at you!

Sharmila said...

This sounds such an unusual combi Aparna! Am going to try this ... love no fuss recipes. :-)

Ashwini said...

Wow lovely color..Love sorbet and strawberries..Nice combination..Bookmarked.

Springtime said...

The colour is so vibrant!
It's not often that you come across a dessert that looks good, tastes good and it soooo low fat! I will definitely try this recipe in the summer.

Last year, I remember having strawberry and balsmic ice cream, which is another great (if somewhat weird) combination!

Rachel said...

The sorbet has an amazing colour!

Asha said...

YUM! Must be great to have this in that heat there. We are just getting warmer and waiting for the Summer to heat to try Ice creams and slushy!:)

Looks fabulous, nice color with a touch of pepper. My mother always added pepper to Pineapple juice or fruit, so I know it tastes great. great entry.

Soma said...

This is such an unique combination! I did hear about spicy icecream before. but col dnot think of ice cream with cayenne.. but a subtle taste to peppercorn I can imagine. I should try this in summer. Beautiful color! It's like adding pepper to sweet fruit salads.

Vani said...

Very differnt kinda sorbet. Interesting. I absolutely LOVED the picture, Aparna. It's beautiful!

TBC said...

The sorbet is such a beautiful shade of red!
The combination (of strawberries and black pepper) is very unusual and not one that I've heard of before. Looks fantastic! :)

Madhumathi said...

Thats an interesting combo..Love the color.It looks so inviting :)

Le @HC said...

Perfect fatfree dessert!! Adding Black pepper is new to me.. I might like the after taste..

Cham said...

Waiting the heat to eat all those cool stuff. Like the pepper with fruit!

Marija said...

Great recipe! Very original.

Priya said...

Thats a unusual combination..great recipe indeed...looks amazing!!

Madhuram said...

I'm sure that's a lovely combination Aparna, because I eat my pineapple chunks sprinkled with salt and black pepper powder or red chilli powder. The picture is very good.

jayasree said...

Loved the sorbet for the color. I add a pinc of pepper powder to my mousambi juice. Nice click.

Bharti said...

Such a pretty dessert and I've not heard of the pepper and strawberry combo. Made the hatke bread Aparna..it was great!

vidhas said...

Lovely colour and awesome click. Sounds yum.

Uma said...

Looks so good. Lovely color.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

lovely color and a new combo to me.

bee said...

very pretty sorbet. i'd love to try this with a touch of balsamic vinegar.

Vaishali said...

How beautiful this sorbet looks, Aparna, and I can imagine the pepper must add a subtle kick. Sounds delicious.

Curry Leaf said...

Spicy pepper kick to the sorbet.A tsist from the usual.Lovely Aparna,the pic looks as yummy as it could get.

Miri said...

Seems like a really interesting combination Aparna!

sra said...

I have heard of ice-cream with chilli in it - these ideas appeal to me. That colour is so, so red!

kahliyalogue said...

Absolutely perfect for the warmer days coming on..!Personally I have never heard of pepper in deserts,but now Im very intrigued.It looks so beautifully tempting..Mia

Divya Vikram said...

Unique recipe.. Pepper with fruit! Thanks for sending it to Think Pepper event!